The FTO name came from an early 70s Mitsubishi model called the Galant Coupe FTO, with FTO standing for Fresco Turismo Omologato. The reborn 90s-era FTO came powered by a transversely mounted inline-four or a V6, rated at 123 horsepower and 168 hp, respectively. Both could be paired to a five-speed manual or an advanced automatic transmission with a manual mode. Exterior styling borrowed Italian design elements from the era, specifically the distinctive rear end. The headlights and grille are also breaks from Mitsubishi’s 90s design language.
The interior is nothing groundbreaking and the rear seats are a tight fit as expected. Still, the FTO was good enough to win Japan’s Car of the Year award for 1994 and soon became a favorite grey market import to the UK, Ireland, and Australia. Some limited edition and other stock tuning packages were offered over the years, and a midlife refresh happened for 1997.